Midwest South East West
1 Kansas Kentucky Duke Syracuse
2 Ohio St Georgetown West Virginia Kansas St
3 Villanova Baylor Temple New Mexico
4 Butler Purdue Pittsburgh Wisconsin
5 Maryland Texas A&M Michigan St Tennessee
6 Vanderbilt Northern Iowa BYU Gonzaga
7 Richmond Xavier Oklahoma St Notre Dame
8 St Marys Marquette UTEP Texas
9 Louisville San Diego St Washington Clemson
10 California UNLV Georgia Tech Wake Forest
11 Missouri Florida St Minnesota Utah St
12 Florida Cornell Siena Old Dominion
13 New Mexico St Murray State Oakland Wofford
14 Sam Houston St Houston Ohio UCSB
15 North Texas Vermont Morgan St Montana
16 Lehigh Arkansas-PB/Winthrop ETSU Robert Morris
Last 5 In In Today Out Today By Conference
Florida State Florida Mississippi St Big East – 8
Utah St Big 12 – 7
Missouri ACC – 6
Minnesota Big 10 – 5
Florida SEC – 4
Mountain West – 4

First 5 Out Atlantic 10 – 3
Illinois Pac 10 – 2
Mississippi St West Coast – 2
Virginia Tech Conference USA – 2
Seton Hall WAC – 2
Mississippi All Others – 1

Next 5 Out
Arizona St
South Florida
Rhode Island
Wichita St

Bracket Notes

Even with a loss in today’s Big Ten Championship, Minnesota has done enough to earn one of the last at-large spots into the NCAA tournament.

The last spot is up for grabs between Florida, Illinois, and Mississippi State.  I would not be surprised to see any of these 3 teams make the field.  I believe Florida will be chosen based on a combination of big wins (Michigan State, Florida State, Tennessee), passing the “eye-test”, overall record, and Strength of Schedule.  Mississippi State does not have the big wins, although they came close twice against Kentucky, or the schedule to match Florida.  Illinois does not have the overall record, plus their RPI of 75 would set a record for worst RPI to get into the field as an at-large.

Although Virginia Tech looks like a deserving team, the committee has in the past punished teams who schedule as poorly as they did this year.

Projected Sites

New Orleans – Villanova/Vanderbilt/Missouri/Sam Houston St
New Orleans – Baylor/Northern Iowa/Florida St/Houston
Oklahoma City – Kansas/St Marys/Louisville/Lehigh
Oklahoma City – Kansas St/Notre Dame/Wake Forest/Montana
Providence – Georgetown/Xavier/UNLV/Vermont
Providence – Temple/BYU/Minnesota/Ohio
San Jose – New Mexico/Gonzaga/Utah St/UCSB
San Jose – Butler/Maryland/Florida/New Mexico St
Buffalo – Syracuse/Texas/Clemson/Robert Morris
Buffalo – West Virginia/Oklahoma St/Georgia Tech/Morgan St
Jacksonville – Kentucky/Marquette/San Diego St/Play-in Winner
Jacksonville – Duke/UTEP/Washington/ETSU
Milwaukee – Ohio St/Richmond/California/North Texas
Milwaukee – Wisconsin/Tennessee/Old Dominion/Wofford
Spokane – Pittsburgh/Michigan St/Siena/Oakland
Spokane – Purdue/Texas A&M/Cornell/Murray St


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